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Visit the MFA on Friday, July 21, to enjoy free admission during our 9th annual Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday! Participate in hands-on art-making activities, join engaging tours, and see thought-provoking exhibitions—all for free.

Check out this year’s Community Arts Initiative Artist Project “Building with Light,” a collaborative work of art that takes shape as a larger-than-life lightbox created by more than 200 students from Boston neighborhoods.

The MFA is one of 85 cultural venues around the Commonwealth offering free admission on select Fridays this summer, thanks to support of the Highland Street Foundation. Learn more about Free Fun Fridays.

Art-Making Activities

Nature Prints 9:30 am–2 pm, Huntington Avenue Entrance (Rain location: 10 am–2 pm, Gallery 250)
Printmaking 10 am–4 pm, Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Drawing in the Galleries 11 am–4 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Blind or Low Vision Access


Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Family Art Walks: Endangered Species
10:30 am, Noon, 1:30 pm

Assistive Listening System

Guided Highlight Tours
10:30, 11, 11:30 am, Noon, 12:30, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 pm

Assistive Listening System

Spotlight Talks: “Building with Light”
6, 6:30, and 7 pm, Gallery 168

Assistive Listening System

More to See and Do

Artist Toolbox Cart: Painting
11 am–4 pm, Gallery 255

My MFA Sketchbook
Sharf Visitor Center

Family Art Cart
10 am–4 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Blind or Low Vision Access

Art Connections Cards
Sharf Visitor Center


Given the popularity of Free Fun Fridays, we recommend groups opt to visit on another day to fully enjoy all the MFA has to offer. For more information, please follow these links: Adult and University Groups; School Group Visits; Nonprofit Agencies and Community Organizations.

However, if you would like to visit as a group on Free Fun Friday, July 21, help us serve you better by completing the group visit request form.

Dining Options

Outdoor Dining $ 11 am–7 pm, Huntington Avenue Entrance
Garden Cafeteria $ 10 am–4 pm, Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Level G
Taste Café and Wine Bar $ 10:30 am–9 pm, Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Level 1
New American Café $$ 10 am–8:30 pm (Lunch service begins at 11:30 am), Shapiro Family Courtyard
Bravo $$$ 11:30 am–3 pm and 5:30–8:30 pm, Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Level 2

Additional Information

MFA Guide

MFA Guides are available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center

Members $5; nonmembers $6; kids 17 and under $4. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

Audio Description
ASL Interpreted
Assistive Listening System
Closed Captioning


The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Accessibility, email, or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY). Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.


Tickets are required for free Museum admission, available at all ticket desks.


On-site parking at the Museum can fill up quickly—especially during popular exhibitions, holidays, and free days—we encourage you to take advantage of public transportation. Visit Getting Here for more information. Please note: From 10 am to 4 pm valet parking is located at the Fenway Entrance and resumes at 4 pm at the Huntington Avenue Entrance. There will be no bus parking on July 21.


Made possible though the support of Highland Street Foundation.